MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, the Russian Investigative Committee said that four men were wanted for the Tuesday killing of two police officers in Astrakhan. The group of radical Islamists responsible for the killing numbered eight assailants, but two of them had already been detained.
"One of the suspects in the murder of policemen in Astrakhan was eliminated during an attack on a National Guard post, another died after an injury to his back, two others were located and eliminated. All of them were wanted in the case of the murder of police officers. There have been no casualties among National Guard servicemen," a National Guard representative told Sputnik on Thursday morning.
A local interior ministry source told Sputnik in the early hours of Thursday that three servicemen of the Russian National Guard were shot at from a moving vehicle during a search for those responsible for the killing of two police officers in Astrakhan. One of the attackers was killed in return fire.
A regional law enforcement source told Sputnik that another man wanted in the case was injured during the shootout with the National Guard.
According to the source, one of the four administrative districts of Astrakhan was cordoned off after the shootout and police have found the car used by the attackers.